Air-Layering a Ficus

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Air-Layering a Ficus

Post  Jay Gaydosh on Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:24 pm

I just started to air layer a branch on a 5-foot Ficus. It is a single trunk plant in a large pot that I got from a co-worker.

My question is: do I need to prune back the rest of the branch to reduce the water and nutrient requirements of the branch? Or, do I want the canopy of the "new tree" to continue to demand water and nutrients to help force the formation of roots? Also, would the natural tendancy of the Ficus to "bleed" following pruning open the branch to disease or dehydration, aka, stress that could reduce the rate of success of the project?[img][/img]

Last edited by forbey on Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:27 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : tried, unsuccessfully, to post a photo of the tree.)

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Re: Air-Layering a Ficus

Post  prestontolbert on Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:45 pm

Leave the branches. The more leaves, the better the roots. Ficus can handle some abuse.


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